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A Blue Ridge student is heading to college in Flordia to water ski.


Blue Ridge senior Ty Meeker loves the beach and the water and says Flordia Southern was the perfect fit for the next step for his water skiing career and his professional ambitions.



Meeker explains his dad's love of the sport and growing up around water skiing started his love for the sport 



Since Meeker has taken up water skiing his talents have led him to many distinguished events and accomplishments 



Meeker is a part of the soccer and basketball teams at Blue Ridge. He is also a member of the CEO program and is the student council president. He explains how he can do all that and pursue water skiing.


Meeker indicates nationals this year will be held in Lakeland, Flordia and you can watch through the  YouTube channel,  Water Broadcasting Company. 

HS BBall Postseason Action Today

Class 1A Sectional championship action tonight


At Salt Fork


Heyworth 7:00pm



At Effingham St. Anthony


Arcola 6:00pm

Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran


Class 2A Sectional championship action tonight


At Shelbyville


St. Joseph-Ogden 7:00pm



Class 3A Sectional championship action tonight


At Lincoln


Decatur MacArthur 7:00pm

Mt. Zion


At Pontiac


Metamora 7:00pm

Peoria Richwoods


Class 4A Sectional championship action tonight


At Pekin


Quincy 7:00pm

Normal Community


High school girls Class 3A State semifinal action today


At Normal CEFCU Arena


Chatham-Glenwood 9:30am

Hinsdale South


Lombard-Montini 11:15am


NASCAR Shifts to Las Vegas This Weekend

Daniel Suarez narrowly edged Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch in the closest finish in Atlanta history for his second career victory in the top series.


The winning margin — 0.003 seconds — is the third-closest since 1993 when electronic scoring was implemented. Now NASCAR moves across the country to Las Vegas Motorspeedway for the third race of the season.


The victory came in career start No. 253 for Suarez, whose other win came in June 2022 at Sonoma. The race featured 10 cautions and an Atlanta-record 48 lead changes. Todd Gilliland led 58 laps; the third-year driver had led a combined 11 laps in his first two seasons. He finished 26th.


Daytona 500 winner William Byron won after starting second at last year's spring race in Vegas. 


Practice and qualifying is at 1 pm Saturday. Race time is 2:30 pm on Sunday.


Austin Hill won his second straight race to open the season, surging to the lead on an overtime restart when teammate Jesse Love ran out of gas at Atlanta.


Hill enters the XFinity Series race at Las Vegas as the defending winner from last spring's race. 


Hill became the first driver since Tony Stewart in 2008 to win the first two Xfinity races of the season. Hill has won three of the last four Xfinity Series races at Atlanta and is halfway to his wins total in 33 races last season. 


Love started on the pole, becoming the first driver to win the pole in his first two career starts, led 157 laps and finished 12th. Georgia native Chandler Smith finished second and New Zealander Shane Van Gisbergen was third.


Practice and qualifying is tonight at 5:30 pm with race time Saturday at 4 pm. 


Kyle Busch moved to the lead when Grant Enfinger had tire problems with six laps to go and won in the Craftsman Truck Series for the seventh time at Atlanta.


The victory was Busch’s 65th in the truck series, extending his own record, and 230th across NASCAR’s three national series. ... Busch drove for Spire Motorsports, who he sold his truck team to late last year, and will race four more times for the team this season. 


Ty Majeski was second, followed by Corey Heim, Taylor Gray, and Nick Sanchez, who won the season-opener at Daytona.


Busch won the pole in Vegas and rode to the win last spring. 


Practice and qualifying is at 3:30 pm this afternoon. Race time is 8 pm tonight. 

Avalanche Blank Blackhawks

Nathan MacKinnon scored with 2:28 left for his 100th point this season, and the Avalanche rolled to a 5-0 victory over the lowly Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.


Zach Parise had two goals and an assist as Colorado earned its second straight win. Ross Colton and Devon Toews also scored, and Justus Annunen made 24 saves in his first career shutout in nine NHL appearances.


MacKinnon scored his 36th goal when he sent a wrist shot between Petr Mrazek’s legs. He also picked up his 64th assist on Colton’s goal in the second period.


The 28-year-old MacKinnon, one of the front-runners for NHL MVP, became the first player in Avalanche history with consecutive seasons with at least 100 points. He had 42 goals and 69 assists in 71 games last year.


Last-place Chicago dropped to 5-20-4 in its last 29 games. Mrazek made 29 saves for the Blackhawks, who were shut out for the eighth time this season.

Avalanch Blank Blackhawks

The Blackhawks host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

HS BBBall Sectional Scores

Class 1A


Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran 49

Tuscola 46


Hardin-Calhoun 59

Springfield Calvary 56


Class 2A


Auburn 40

Williamsville 53


Peoria Manual 40

Macomb 41


Tolono Unity 39

Teutopolis 48


Class 3A


Mt. Zion 58

Rochester 51


Kankakee 66

Peoria Richwoods 70

Illinois Outlasts Minnesota

Terrance Shannon Jr. scored 29 points, Marcus Domask had 22 and Coleman Hawkins added 20 to lead No. 13 Illinois to a 105-97 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.


Dain Dainja had 11 points and six rebounds for the Illini (21-7, 12-5 Big Ten), who scored more than 85 points for the 10th time in 12 games.


Dawson Garcia scored 29 points and Cam Christie had 23 for Minnesota (17-11, 8-9). Mike Mitchell Jr. added 17 points, Pharrel Payne had 15 and nine rebounds and Elijah Hawkins had 10 points and 12 assists.


Minnesota led 63-62 with 14:15 left, but a jumper by Shannon put Illinois ahead for good.


Illinois shot 61.3% from the field and Minnesota shot 60%, including 14 of 20 on 3-pointers. The teams combined for just nine turnovers, five by the Gophers and four by the Illini.


The win was Illinois’ eighth straight over Minnesota and kept the Illini in second place in the Big Ten, two games behind No. 2 Purdue (14-3) with three conference games remaining for both teams.


Illinois improved to 15-2 at home with one game to go at the State Farm Center.


The Illini went off script and dug deep into their bench Sunday in a 95-85 win over Iowa. Ten players logged 10-plus minutes and all 10 scored at least two points. Ten players saw action against Minnesota, eight scored, and the Illini bench outscored Minnesota’s reserves 18-3.


A mid-range jumper by Shannon with 1:35 left in the first half gave him 1,000 points in his two seasons at Illinois.


Illinois visits Wisconsin on Saturday.

Bradley Rolls Southern Illinois

Darius Hannah scored 22 points as Bradley beat Southern Illinois 86-67 on Wednesday night.


Hannah also contributed seven rebounds for the Braves (21-9, 13-6 Missouri Valley Conference). Connor Hickman added 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals. Malevy Leons finished with 16 points.


The Salukis (19-11, 11-8) were led in scoring by AJ Ferguson, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Southern Illinois also got 15 points from Jarrett Hensley. Troy D'Amico also had 10 points.


Hannah scored 13 points to help the Braves build a 37-27 halftime lead. Bradley extended its lead to 76-49, fueled by a 15-0 run.


Bradley visits Drake on Sunday to finish out the regular season.

Illinois State Walks Off Missouri State

Johnny Kinziger scored 20 points and hit a jumper at the buzzer to lift Illinois State over Missouri State 75-74 on Wednesday night.


Following a timeout with 2.7 seconds left, Kinziger took an inbound pass and his jumper hit nothing but net.


Malachi Poindexter also scored 20 points for the Redbirds (15-15, 9-10 Missouri Valley Conference). Myles Foster had 16 points.


The Bears (15-15, 7-12) were led by Donovan Clay, who recorded 21 points and seven rebounds. Missouri State also got 21 points and five assists from Alston Mason. N.J. Benson also recorded 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.


Illinois State wraps up its regular season slate at Valpo on Sunday afternoon.

Bulls Outlast Cavaliers

DeMar DeRozan made the big shots down the stretch and Andre Drummond dominated on the glass. It was just enough to lift the Chicago Bulls past one of the Eastern Conference's best teams.


DeRozan scored 35 points, Drummond had 26 rebounds and Chicago outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-123 in double overtime Wednesday night.


DeRozan scored 16 points in the 10 extra minutes, helping the Bulls bounce back from a loss to lowly Detroit one night earlier.


Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 13 rebounds. Ayo Dosunmu scored 21. Drummond finished with 17 points and helped the Bulls set an NBA high this season with 74 rebounds.


DeRozan missed a turnaround jumper at the end of regulation with the game at 103 after Chicago rallied from 11 down in the fourth. He made three free throws to tie it in the first OT and keyed an 8-0 spurt to start the second OT.


DeRozan drove for a layup and made a 3 to put the Bulls on top 120-115. A tip-in dunk by Drummond and free throw by DeRozan stretched the lead to eight, and the Bulls hung on from there.


The Cavaliers led 114-110 after Mitchell drove for a layup with 26 seconds remaining in the first OT. But the Bulls weren’t finished.


DeRozan drove for a layup. Mitchell made a free throw with 14 seconds remaining to make it a three-point game, only to miss the second attempt.


DeRozan then got fouled attempting a 3 from the wing and made all three free throws to tie it with 12 seconds remaining. Mitchell pulled up for a 20-footer and missed, sending it to a second overtime.


The Cavaliers looked like they were in control, leading 89-78 early in the fourth quarter after Okoro nailed a 3, but the Bulls came roaring back.


Vucevic gave Chicago a 98-97 lead with 3:45 remaining when he connected from beyond the arc. It was 100-all when Mitchell nailed a step-back 3 with about 2:15 remaining.


Drummond then scored on a put-back to make it a one-point game, and a wild finish to regulation sent the game to regulation. Vucevic missed an open 3 in the final minute, got the ball back and made the second free throw to tie it after missing the first with 38 seconds remaining.


Coby White then picked off a bad pass by Mitchell, giving the Bulls a chance to win the game. But DeRozan missed a 21-foot turnaround jumper in the closing seconds.


The Bulls were missing a key player with guard Alex Caruso sidelined because of a strained right hamstring. 


The Bulls host Milwaukee on Friday night. 

Oilers Take Down Blues in Overtime

Connor McDavid scored 4:34 into overtime and also had two assists to rally the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.


Zach Hyman scored twice to give him 40 for the season as Edmonton won its second straight. Stuart Skinner finished with 30 saves.


Late in the extra period, McDavid danced past a couple of defenders before chipping a shot past Binnington for his 22nd of the season to snap a 10-game goal-scoring drought. He had 25 between goals.


Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Blues, who have lost three straight and five of six. Jordan Binnington had 31 saves.


Blues defenseman Justin Faulk played his second game in two nights after missing the previous 12 games because of a lower-body injury.


Ther Blues return home to host Minnesota on Saturday.

High School Boy's Basketball Sectionals

Class 1A Sectional semifinal scores from Tuesday


At Salt Fork


Heyworth 49

Decatur St. Teresa 43


Champaign St. Thomas More 38

Lexington 52


At Effingham St. Anthony


Arcola 56

Bluford-Webber 44


Class 2A Sectional semifinal scores from Tuesday


At Beardstown


Pleasant Plains 45

Alton Marquette 56


At Canton


Taylor Ridge-Rockridge 31

Peoria Notre Dame 28


At Clifton Central


Fieldcrest 53

Manteno 37


At Shelbyville


Flora 40

St. Joseph-Ogden 50


Class 3A Sectional semifinal scores from Tuesday


At Lincoln


Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 36

Decatur MacArthur 63


At Pontiac


Metamora 69

LaSalle-Peru 37


Class 3A Sectional semifinal scores from Tuesday


At Pekin


Normal Community 61

Moline 44


Class 1A Sectional semifinal matchups tonight


At Effingham St. Anthony


Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran 6:00pm



Class 2A Sectional semifinal matchups tonight


At Beardstown


Auburn 7:00pm



At Canton


Peoria Manual 6:00pm



At Clifton Central


Beecher 7:00pm



At Shelbyville


Tolono Unity 7:00pm



Class 3A Sectional semifinal matchups tonight


At Lincoln


Mt. Zion 7:00pm



At Pontiac


Kankakee 7:00pm

Peoria Richwoods

Pistons Beat Bulls

Cade Cunningham scored 26 points and the Pistons stopped a six-game losing streak with a 105-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.


The Pistons (9-49) bounced back from a loss at New York the previous night and tied Washington for the NBA's worst record despite solid performances by Chicago's Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond. They put this one away with time to spare after a costly no-call helped send them to a two-point loss against the Knicks.


Detroit went on a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to stretch a one-point lead into a 101-90 advantage.


Simone Fontecchio scored 17 and matched a career-high with five 3-pointers. Jaden Ivey finished with 15 points, helping the Pistons beat the Bulls for just the second time in 18 games.


Jalen Duren added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ausar Thompson scored 13. Isaiah Stewart finished with 11 points and nine rebounds after missing 11 games - the previous three due to a league suspension for punching Suns center Drew Eubanks at the arena hours before a game at Phoenix.


Vucevic had 25 points and 10 rebounds. DeRozan also had 25 points.


Drummond added 20 points and 11 rebounds against his former team, but the cold-shooting Bulls lost for the third time in four games. Chicago made just 2 of 29 3-pointers, with Alex Caruso, Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White each missing all five attempts.


With an 89-88 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Fontecchio nailed a 3 and Cunningham made three free throws to spark the decisive run.


The Pistons continued to add to their lead after White made two free throws for Chicago.


Cunningham nailed a 3 and made a foul shot. Duren hit two free throws to make it 101-90 with 3:32 remaining, helping Detroit come out on top.


The Bulls host Cleveland on Wednesday.

Jets Double Up Blues

Sean Monahan scored a goal and added an assist after missing a game because of an illness to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Tuesday night and extend their win streak to four games.


Brenden Dillon, Kyle Connor and Alex Iafallo also scored for Winnipeg, which has won seven of its last eight games. Josh Morrissey and Nikolaj Ehlers each contributed two assists and Laurent Brossoit made 36 saves.


Iafallo ended a 20-game goal-scoring drought.


Pavel Buchnevich and Brandon Saad scored for the Blues, who are 2-4-0 in their past six games. St. Louis goalie Joel Hofer made his first start in his hometown and stopped 28 shots.


Monahan got the Jets on the board at 8:53. He has six goals in his past five games after registering no points in his first four games after being traded to Winnipeg from Montreal.


Dillon scored his career-high seventh goal of the season less than two minutes later through traffic.


Buchnevich cut into the lead 30 seconds later off a rebound for his 23rd, but Connor replied with his 24th at 15:33 to regain the two-goal advantage. Connor has scored in four straight games and extended his point streak to six games with five goals and six assists.


Saad used a bouncing puck to make the score 3-2 nine minutes into the second period, extending his point streak to four games.


Iafallo scored at 10:13 of the third when he used a puck that bounced off the end boards and put it by Hofer.


Winnipeg has won all three games against the Blues this season.


The Blues wrap up a three-game road trip at Edmonton on Wednesday.

HS Basketball Postseason Matchups

Class 1A Boy's Basketball Sectional Semifinal Action today


At Salt Fork


Heyworth 6:00pm

Decatur St. Teresa


Champaign St. Thomas More 7:30pm



At Effingham St. Anthony


Arcola 6:00pm



Class 2A Boy's Basketball Sectional Semifinal Action Today


At Beardstown


Pleasant Plains 7:00pm

Alton Marquette


At Canton


Taylor Ridge-Rockridge 6:00pm

Peoria Notre Dame


At Clifton Central


Fieldcrest 7:00pm



At Shelbyville


Flora 7:00pm

St. Joseph-Ogden


Class 3A Boy's Basketball Sectional Semifinal Action Today


At Lincoln


Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 7:00pm

Decatur MacArthur


At Pontiac


Metamora 7:00pm



Class 4A Boy's Basketball Sectional Semifinal Action Today


At Pekin


Normal Community 7:00pm



Class 3A Girls Basketball Supersectional action from Monday


At Highland


Chatham-Glenwood 45

Highland 38


At LaSalle-Peru


Lincoln 46

Dixon 24

Illinois State Drops Weekend Finale to Arkansas-Little Rock

The Illinois State baseball team scored in the 1st inning on Sunday but dropped the series finale, 10-5, to Little Rock at Gary Hogan Field.


An RBI triple in the first inning from redshirt junior Judah Morris opened the game's scoring. Little Rock answered with three runs in the 2nd inning to go up 3-1 lead.


 Daniel Pacella tied the game at 3-3 in the third with a solo home run and a wild pitch which scored Morris with the bases loaded. Arkansas-Little Rock outscored ISU 7-2 the rest of the way for the win. 


Illinois State drops to 2-4 in 2024 while Little Rock improves to 4-3.


Sophomore Thomas Harper tied a career-high with 7 strikeouts over 5.0 innings of work.


Illinois State is scheduled to play Tuesday in Evanston against Northwestern, with first pitch at 2:30 p.m.

Red Wings Outlasts Blackhawks

Former Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway 1:43 into overtime in his return to Chicago, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night.


The 35-year-old Kane was all alone when Alex DeBrincat hit him in stride near center ice. The dynamic winger then skated in and beat Petr Mrazek on the goaltender's glove side for his 12th goal of the season.


Kane starred for the Blackhawks for 16 seasons before he was traded to the New York Rangers a year ago. He signed with Detroit as a free agent and was repeatedly saluted with raucous cheers from a season-high crowd of 21,141 in his first game against his first NHL team.


He has five goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak, and the Red Wings have won five straight games.


Kane’s Chicago homecoming coincided with the Blackhawks retiring Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios’ No. 7 jersey in a pregame ceremony. Chelios also spent time with the Red Wings during his playing career.


Nick Foligno and MacKenzie Entwistle scored for last-place Chicago, which has dropped four in a row. Mrazek made 28 saves.


Detroit tied it at 2 when DeBrincat scored on a bad-angle shot that just trickled past Mrazek with 4:16 to play. Kane picked up an assist on DeBrincat's 22nd goal.


DeBrincat also played with Kane with the Blackhawks, scoring 160 goals in five seasons before he was traded to Ottawa in July 2022.


Chicago wasted two prime chances to open a 3-1 lead before DeBrincat delivered. Joey Anderson came up empty on a rebound attempt 8:25 into the third, and Connor Bedard was denied by James Reimer on a breakaway midway through the period.


Reimer finished with 33 stops for Detroit, which was coming off a 6-1 victory over St. Louis on Saturday.


Chicago responded with two in the second. After whiffing on a check attempt on Sprong on Detroit's goal, Entwistle tied it at 1 when he converted a nice setup by Reese Johnson at 3:29. Foligno then made it 2-1 when he got a piece of Bedard's power-play shot with 2:08 left in the period.


The Blackhawks host Colorado on Thursday night.

Bulls Drop Pelicans

Nicola Vucevic had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his 31st double-double this season - not to mention the 500th of his career - and Chicago defeated New Orleans 114-106 on Sunday night to sweep the season series.


DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, including a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to give the Bulls a 111-106 lead. To him, the game exemplified the Bulls' determination not to quit on a season marred by major injuries.


High-scoring guard Zach LaVine had season-ending foot surgery in early February, and Sunday's game was the first since Chicago learned that regular reserve forward Patrick Williams also would miss the rest of the season with his foot injury.


Ayo Desunmu added 21 points for Chicago, which also finished with a significant edge at the foul line, hitting 19 of 21 free throws while New Orleans made 10 of 14.


Zion Williamson scored 19 points, tied a career-high with 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds for the Pelicans, who dropped their second straight game after winning eight of nine. Brandon Ingram, back from a two-game absence caused by a non-COVID illness, scored 22 points but committed nine turnovers. Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 17 rebounds for New Orleans.


The Pelicans took their largest lead at 12 points when rookie Jordan Hawkins hit a driving floater to make it 82-70 late in the third quarter. But Chicago responded by scoring the last 11 points in the period, starting with Vucevic's 3 and ending with Jevon Carter's rainbow pull-up near the baseline to make it 82-81.


The Pelicans committed 19 turnovers in all - seven in the first quarter, which the Bulls closed on an 18-3 run. Dosunmu hit twice from deep during the spurt. DeRozan made a 3 and converted a three-point play on a pull-up jumper.


The Bulls host Detroit on Tuesday night.

Daniel Suarez Wins Photo Finish at Atlanta

Daniel Suarez edged Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch in a three-wide blur at the line to win a crashed-filled NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday.


The second career win in 253 Cup races for Suarez set off a celebration that included a long series of congratulations from other drivers for the popular native of Monterrey, Mexico.


The review confirmed the first win for Suarez since June 2022 at Sonoma. It was his first victory on a speedway, but he said he’s not satisfied after locking up a spot in the playoffs in only the second race of the year.


Busch, who won Saturday’s Trucks race, moved to the middle between Blaney, the 2023 Cup champion, and Suarez to set up the dramatic finish. Blaney was second, only 0.003 seconds behind, and Busch was third.


A massive pileup of at least 16 cars on the second lap was the biggest in the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway and set the pace for a procession of wrecks. The crash left many cars heavily taped for the remainder of the afternoon.


The intensity picked up when Austin Cindric went to the bottom of the track in his Team Penske Ford for a four-wide pass to take the lead with 50 laps remaining.


Michael McDowell, who on Saturday won his first pole in his 467th start, won the first stage but collided with Daytona 500 champion William Byron while trying to slow down to enter pit row in the second stage. McDowell suffered right front damage and each car fell one lap behind before McDowell made his way back to the lead midway through the final stage. He finished eighth.


In addition to Atlanta’s closest finish, it was the closest finish at any 1.5-mile track and the third-closest Cup finish since electronic scoring was established in 1993.

There were 10 cautions and an Atlanta-record 48 lead changes.


After qualifying second on Saturday, Joey Logano had to start at the back of the field and serve a pass-through penalty for a safety violation with his gloves. Chase Elliott, who qualified 28th, also was pushed to the back row, one spot ahead of Logano, following unapproved adjustments to the engine sensor on his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.


Two Ford drivers for Stewart-Haas Racing, Noah Gragson and Ryan Preece, had items from their cars confiscated for inspection on Friday. Rulings from NASCAR could come next week.


Elliott, who earned his first win at his Atlanta home track in 2022, started stage 3 in fourth place. Elliott was eighth when he was tapped from behind by Ross Chastain’s Chevrolet and sent into a spin that ended his hopes of winning.


The Cup Series moves to Las Vegas next weekend.

HS BBBall: St. T Edges Argenta-Oreana

Four players scored in double-figures as Decatur St. Teresa held off Argenta-Oreana 63-61 for a Class 1A Regional championship from Argenta-Oreana High School Friday night.


The two sides were close the whole game, but Ryheem Tyus and the Bulldogs were able to hold off a late comeback from the Bombers for the Regional championship.


Tyus led St. T with 19 points and got plenty of help Friday. Eli Etchason scored 16 points. Bryson Oliver added 13 points and Max Schilawski scored 10.


Chase Logue for Argenta-Oreana led all scorers with 31 points. Ethan Mahan added 15 points while Jalynn Flowers scored 12 points. 


The Bombers finish the season 19-14 overall. 


It is off to the Sectional next week for St. T, as they improve to 13-20.


Class 1A Sectional championship action from Friday


Effingham St. Anthony 52

Arcola 57


Camp Point Central 46

Delavan 32


Tuscola 53

Casey.-Westfield 37


Champaign St. Thomas More 52

Salt Fork 41


Illini Bluffs 69

Illini Central 51


Lexington 57

G.C.-M.S. 37


Jacksonville Routt 53

Springfield Calvary 60


Heyworth 80

St. Anne 69

HS BBBall: Tolono Unity Rolls Warrensburg-Latham

Tolono Unity topped Warrensburg-Latham 65-46 Friday night to win its Class 2A Regional championship from the Sievers Center in Monticello.


The Rockets were led by brothers Andrew and Henry Thomas. Andrew scored a game-best 20 points while Henry added 16 points.


Unity scored 38 of its 65 points in the paint and had a 16-2 edge in points in transition.


The Rockets shot 56.5 percent for the game and held Warrensburg-Latham to 46.5 percent shooting. 


Kaiden Gardner and Alex Hardin each had 14 points to lead the Cardinals.


Warrensburg-Latham finishes its season 20-12 overall. 


Tolono Unity improves to 26-4 and will advance to next week's sectional action. 


Class 2A Regional Championship action from Friday:


Riverton 42

Williamsville 59


Bismarck-Henning 54

Prairie Central 46


El Paso-Gridley 30

Peoria Notre Dame 47


St. Joseph-Ogden 58

Shelbyville 41


Class 3A Regional Championship action from Friday:


Peoria Richwoods 56

Morton 53


Chatham-Glenwood 34

Rochester 38


Mt. Zion 72

Champaign Central 39


Decatur MacArthur 60

Champaign Centennial 57


Metamora 69

Peoria 33


Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 53

Springfield Lanphier 48


Kankakee 62

Pontiac 47


Class 4A Regional Championship action from Friday:


Normal Community 62

Rock Island 46

Maroon's season ends in Regional Championship

In a game heard live on WHOW and its streaming services, the Clinton Maroons boys basketball program faced off against the Peoria Manual Rams for the 2A Regional Championship.


The Maroons fall by a score of 61-31 to end their season with a record of 28-5 and an undefeated conference season.


Keaton Graves led the Maroons with 10 points, Brooks Cluver contributed 7, Colton Walker added 6, Dawson Graves added 4, and Mason Walker and Dalton Bell added two points apiece.


Junior Dietrich Richardson led the Peoria Manual Rams with 18 points, all but two coming in the first half, Jakyle Green with 10 points, all coming in the fourth quarter, and very well-distributed scoring from the rest of the team. Eight other players not mentioned scored for the Rams.


The Serv-Pro of Piatt and DeWitt Counties Player of the Game looked a little bit different tonight, as the three senior cornerstones Brooks Cluver, Mason Walker, and Dawson Graves were named Co-Players of the Game due to their impact on the Maroons basketball program not just for tonight, but for their careers.


The Clinton Maroons end their season with a record of 28 wins to 5 losses and an undefeated Central Illinois Conference championship season.



High School Basketball Postseason Matchups, Scores

Class 1A high school boys Regional Championship action tonight


Argenta-Oreana 7:00pm

Decatur St. Teresa


Tuscola 7:00pm



Champaign St. Thomas More 7:00pm

Catlin Salt Fork


Illini Bluffs 7:00pm

Illini Central


Lexington 7:00pm

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley


Jacksonville Routt 7:00pm

Springfield Calvary


Heyworth 7:00pm

St. Anne


Class 2A high school boys Regional Championship action tonight


Peoria Manual 6:00pm

Clinton Hear the action on WHOW/dewittdailynews.com/digital plartforms


Riverton 7:00pm



Bismarck-Henning 7:00pm

Prairie Central


Tolono Unity 7:00pm



El Paso-Gridley 7:00pm

Peoria Notre Dame


St. Joseph-Ogden 7:00pm



Class 3A high school boys Regional Championship action tonight


Peoria Richwoods 7:00pm



Chatham-Glenwood 7:00pm



Mt. Zion 6:00pm

Champaign Central


Decatur MacArthur 7:00pm

Champaign Centennial


Metamora 7:00pm



Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 7:00pm

Springfield Lanphier


Class 4A high school boys Regional Championship action tonight


Normal Community 7:00pm

Rock Island


Class 1A high school girls Sectional Championship action from Thursday


Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 42 F-2 OT

Cissna Park 43


Class 2A high school girls Sectional Championship action from Thursday


Pleasant Plains 37

Camp Point Central 43


Peoria Notre Dame 59

Dee-Mack 37


Class 3A high school girls Sectional Championship action from Thursday


Quincy Notre Dame 43

Chatham-Glenwood 44


Lincoln 61

Morton 30


Class 4A high school girls Sectional Championship action from Thursday


Alton 66

Normal Community 56

Celtics Top Bulls

Derrick White scored 28 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics won their season-high seventh straight game, beating the Chicago Bulls 129-112 on Thursday night.


White and Tatum each made five of Boston’s 23 3-pointers. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics came away with another convincing victory after pounding Brooklyn by 50 prior to the All-Star break.


Boston went from leading by 16 to trailing by three at halftime before regaining control in the third. The Celtics outscored the Bulls 37-21 in the quarter.


Nikola Vucevic led Chicago with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Coby White scored 20 and DeMar DeRozan added 19 points on another rough night for the Bulls against the Celtics.


A blowout loss at Boston in late November left Chicago staggering with a 5-14 record. The Bulls steadied themselves somewhat, winning 21 of the next 36 despite losing Zach LaVine (foot) for the remainder of the season.


The Celtics adjusted the way they defended the pick-and-roll after Chicago shot 70% in the second quarter and wasted little time taking control in the second half.


They scored 10 straight to start the third. Jrue Holiday and White each hit 3s, and Kristaps Porzingis capped the run with a 15-footer to boost Boston's lead to 69-62.


Back-to-back 3-pointers by Tatum and Sam Hauser made it 86-72 with just under four minutes left in the third. Hauser exited moments later after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face from Kornet.


Vucevic scored 20 points and Dosunmu added 12 to help Chicago grab a 62-59 halftime lead after trailing by 16 in the first quarter.


The Bulls, who scored 39 points in the second, took their first lead since the opening minutes on two free throws by Vucevic to make it 57-56 with 1:58 left in the half. Dosunmu put them back on top when he made a 3 from the wing after a save by Alex Caruso in the closing seconds, and Chicago headed to the locker room up by three after Brown missed a 3 for Boston.


The Bulls are at New Orleans on Sunday night.

Blues Blank Islanders

Pavel Buchnevich and Brandon Saad combined for three goals in a 32-second span in the second period, sending the Blues to a 4-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.


Buchnevich also scored midway through the third, finishing his fourth career hat trick. Robert Thomas had three assists, and Jordan Kyrou had two.


Jordan Binnington made 38 saves to earn career win No. 137, moving him into a tie with Curtis Joseph for third on the franchise wins list. It was Binnington’s third shutout of the season and No. 15 for his career.


The Blues had dropped two in a row and three of four overall.


Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves for the Islanders, who fell to 1-2-2 in their last five games.


St. Louis grabbed control with its scoring outburst in the second. It was the fastest three goals in franchise history, surpassing the previous best of 36 seconds against Tampa Bay on April 15, 1993.


Saad scored a power-play goal at 4:38 for his 16th on the season. Buchnevich then got the next two at 4:45 and 5:10 for the fastest two goals by a Blues player since Pavol Demitra in 25 seconds on Nov. 11, 2000.


Buchnevich scored his 22nd goal on an empty-netter 9:21 into the third, after New York pulled Varlamov for an extra skater during a two-minute stretch of 4-on-4 following coincidental minors.


Binnington showed a quick glove on a point-blank chance for Mathew Barzal late in the third. Barzal had his season-long point streak snapped at eight games.


Binnington made a save on an Anders Lee breakaway a minute into the second period.


The Blues travel to Detroit on Saturday.

NASCAR Regular Season Off to Atlanta

William Byron crossed under the white flag denoting the final lap at the exact moment a crash broke out behind him and won the rain-delayed Daytona 500, giving team owner Rick Hendrick the win in the 40th anniversary year of Hendrick Motorsports.


The NASCAR regular season settles in as it heads back east to Atlanta Motorspeedway this weekend.


Hendrick teammate Alex Bowman was second. The last Hendrick driver to win the 500 was Dale Earmhardt Jr. in 2014. Hendrick drivers have won the Daytona 500 nine times, tying the team with Petty Enterprises for the most ever. 


The fourth and final caution of the race began when Bowman hit Byron from behind and it caused Byron to sideswipe Brad Keselowski, triggering a 23-car crash that caused a red flag that lasted more than 15 minutes.


Joey Logano won after starting on the pole last year.


Practice and qualifying is 10:30 am on Saturday. Race time is 1:30 pm Sunday.


Austuin Hill won at Daytona for the third consecutive year on Monday night after the race was postponed by rain. Hill willl look to defend his Atlanta win from last year as the XFinity Series follows the Cup Series to Atlanta Motorspeedway this weekend.


The season-opening race was originally slated to be run Saturday. 


Hill has seven career victories, with two others coming at Atlanta. 


Shane van Gisbergen finished 12th as last year’s Cup winner at Chicago made his Xfinity Series debut. 


Frankie Munoz, the actor making a transition to motorsports, finished 33rd in his series debut.


Practice and qualifying is at 3:30 pm this afternoon. Race time is 4 pm on Saturday afternoon.


Nick Sanchez claimed the first Truck Series victory of his career, winning the season opener at Daytona when the race ended under caution. A potential breakout star in the Truck Series, the Craftsman Truck Series runs at Atlanta Motorspeedway this weekend.


Corey Heim was second, followed by Rajah Caruth. 


The final caution involved 12 trucks and was the record 12th of the race.

Christian Eckes won at Atlanta last year.


Practice and qualifying is this afternoon at 2 pm. Race time is 1 pm on Saturday afternoon.

HS BBBall: Monticello Falls to Tolono Unity

In a game heard on WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com, Tolono Unity picked the ideal time to end a 17-game slide against its biggest rival Monticello, and rolled to a 57-41 win in Class 2A Regional semifinal action Wednesday night in Monticello.


Eric Miebach led the Rockets in scoring with 15 points but his off-the-ball defense on Monticello leading scorer Trey Welter shut down the Sages senior most of the night and Monticello's offense had few answers. 


Tyler Blythe and Ike Young each scored 11 points to pace the Sages. Welter finished with nine points and four assists. 


Monticello hit three earlier threes to lead 9-5 in the first quarter but Unity finished the half outscoring the Sages 24-6 and controlled the game the rest of the way. 


The Rockets had 23 points off 16 Monticello turnovers and scored 28 points in the paint. 


The Unity bench outscored Monticello 20-5, a strength all season for the Sages but they got few contributions from its reserves Wednesday.


Unity recovered from a slow shooting first half to finish at 47.6 percent for the game. Monticello shot just 36.6 percent. The Rockets made 11-of-16 free throws and outrebounded the Sages 27-25. 


Monticello finishes the season 15-15 overall. Unity improves to 25-4 overall and moves on to a Regional Championship on Friday against Warrensburg-Latham at Monticello High School.

Three players scored in double figures and Argenta-Oreana rolled to a Regional semifinal win, 73-41 over Mt. Pulaski from the Argenta-Oreana Regional Wednesday in Class 1A boys basketball postseason action.


Chase Logue scored 21 points to lead the Bombers. Tyson Oros and Jalynn Flowers each added 19 points. 


The Bombers led 16-7 at the end of the first quarter and stretched its lead to 60-35 after three quarters.


Mt. Pulaski was led by Frank Wade's 13 points. He was the only Hilltopper in double-figures.


Mt. Pulaski finishes its season 12-20 while Argenta-Oreana improves to 19-13. The Bombers will battle Decatur St. Teresa for the Regional Championship on Friday.

Penn State Upsets No. 12 Illinois

Zach Hicks made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer with three seconds left to give Penn State a 90-89 victory over Illinois.


Nick Kern Jr. scored a career-high 22 points, and Hicks and Qudus Wahab added 13 apiece to help Penn State (13-14, 7-9 Big Ten) overcome a 14-point deficit in the second half. The Nittany Lions snapped a three-game losing streak.


Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 19 of his 35 points in the second half for Illinois (19-7, 10-5). Marcus Domask added 15 points.


After struggling to keep up with Penn State’s speedy offense to start, the Illini settled down midway through the first half and controlled play for much of the second, but couldn’t hold on to multiple double-digit leads.


Illinois led 48-41 at halftime and Shannon scored six points in the first 3:59 of the second to give the Illini their biggest lead of the night 61-47.


Boosted by 13 straight points from Kern - and a surging crowd - Penn State cut the deficit to 10 with 12:28 to play. Jameel Brown and Hicks team for five 3-pointers over the final 12:03, with Brown cutting to four with 35 seconds left. Puff Johnson’s jumper made it 87-89.


The Illini made mistake after mistake as the second half wore on. They committed 13 of their 18 turnovers in the second and made just 42.9% of their field goals in that span.


Their defense was leakiest in the final minutes where Penn State finished on an 8-2 run


After losing twice in the regular season and getting bounced from the Big Ten Tournament by the then-Micah Shrewsberry-led Nittany Lions last season, the Illini couldn’t deal with Penn State’s speed and pressure late. They’ll need at least another game for their fifth consecutive 20-win season under coach Brad Underwood.


Illinois hosts Iowa on Saturday.

HS BBBall: Warrensburg-Latham Races By Maroa-Forsyth

The Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals started the game on a 22-3 run and never looked back raced by Maroa-Forsyth 67-50 in high school boys basketball Class 2A Regional semifinal action Wednesday in Monticello.


The Cardinals led 27-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Trojans would cut the deficit to 49-40 after three, but the Cardinals started the fourth quarter with a 10-5 run that was too much for Maroa-Forsyth to come back against. 


Alex Hardin scored the first seven for the Cardinals of the game for Warrensburg-Latham. He finished with 13 points. Kaiden Gardner scored 23 points to lead all scorers. Eastyn McKenzie added 13 points as well. 


Kaiden Maurer and Mitch Williams scored 14 points to lead the Trojans. Maurer and Zayn Giles grabbed six rebounds apiece for Maroa-Forsyth. 


The Cardinals shot 54-percent for the game and scored 30 points in the paint with 16 points off 11 Trojans turnovers.


Warrensburg-Latham outrebounded Maroa-Forsyth 30-22.


Maroa-Forsyth finishes the season 19-11 while Warrensburg-Latham improves to 20-11. 


The Cardinals advance to the Regional Championship against Tolono Unity Friday night at 7 pm in Monticello.


Class 1A Regional semifinal action Wednesday


At Argenta-Oreana


Georgetown Notre Dame de La Salette 27

Decatur St. Teresa 55


At Augusta Southeastern


Delavan 37

Augusta Southeastern 20


t Bethany Okaw Valley


Arcola 51

Bethany Okaw Valley 38


At Casey-Westfield


Tuscola 63

Martinsville 18


At Catlin Salt Fork


Champaign St. Thomas More 56

Fisher 33


Salt Fork 50

Armstrong 32


Illini Bluffs


Illini Bluffs 65

Peoria Quest Charter Academy 43


Mendon Unity 62

Illini Central 71


At Lexington


Lexington 58

LeRoy 25


G.C.M.S. 67

Bloomington Cornerstone Christian Academy 53


At St. Anne


Heyworth 80

Milford 60


Class 2A Regional semifinal action from Wednesday


At Athens


Riverton 46

Petersburg-PORTA 30


Quincy Notre Dame 26

Williamsville 49


At Iroquois West


Prairie Central 55

Iroquois West 27


At Peoria Notre Dame


El Paso-Gridley 53

Tremont 51


Normal U-High 28

Peoria Notre Dame 49


At Olympia


Peoria Manual 83

Bloomington Central Catholic 58


Class 3A Regional semifinal action from Wednesday


At Limestone


Peoria Richwoods 69

East Peoria 40


Morton 57

Washington 49


At Chatham-Glenwood


Chatham-Glenwood 52

Taylorville 31


Jacksonville 47

Rochester 58


At Danville 


Mt. Zion 70

Danville 50


Champaign Central 68

Urbana 55


At Geneseo


Metamora 81

Galesburg 33


Peoria 59

Dunlap 45


At Springfield Lanphier


Lincoln 48

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 57


Springfield Lanphier 53

Springfield Southeast 31


Class 4A Regional semifinal action from Wednesday


At East Moline United


Bradley-Bourbonnais 60

Pekin 35


At Normal Community


Normal Community 53

Minooka 32


Rock Island 52

Normal West 45

Illinois State Tops Northern Iowa

Johnny Kinziger scored 21 points to help Illinois State defeat Northern Iowa 81-73 on Wednesday night.


Myles Foster scored 18 points and added 14 rebounds for the Redbirds (14-14, 8-9 Missouri Valley Conference). Kendall Lewis was 7 of 11 shooting (1 for 3 from 3-point range) to finish with 17 points while adding 10 rebounds.


The Panthers (15-13, 9-8) were led by Nate Heise, who posted 20 points and two steals. Bowen Born added 14 points, four assists and three steals for Northern Iowa. Tytan Anderson also had 13 points, two steals and two blocks.


Illinois State took the lead with 1:26 to go in the first half and did not give it up. The score was 37-34 at halftime, with Kinziger racking up 11 points. Foster scored a team-high 10 points after intermission.


Illinois State travels to Peoria to take on Bradley in the 'War on 74' rivalry game Saturday night. 

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